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Macomb Foster Closet seeks Easter treat donations – Macomb Daily

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The Macomb Foster Closet aims to make sure Peter Cottontail doesn’t miss a single child on his list this Easter and is seeking the help of the community to help make the dreams of foster children come true on Easter morning.

“This is the third year that we have provided Easter baskets. In the first year, we provided 88 baskets to foster children. Last year we supplied 120, this year we have a target of 250,” said Macomb Foster Closet President Kevin McAlpine.

The Macomb Foster Closet, located at 196 North Rose St. in Mount Clemens, is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides free clothing and other essentials to foster children and the families who care for them. .

McAlpine said the organization serves more than 1,000 children a year in foster care. It provides additional services during the year such as birthday bags, backpacks and Easter baskets. Some foster children, he said, have never had an Easter basket before.

“Foster families rely on us to help them with things like school supplies, Christmas stockings and toys, and at Easter,” McAlpine said.

On March 10, information regarding Macomb Foster Closet’s needs for Easter donations was posted on Macomb Township Voices! Facebook page, stating that the sweets were a special need due to a recent Amazon wishlist issue which was quickly resolved. McAlpine added that Facebook posts asking for donations at this time of year are not unusual and that any items for Easter baskets that the public can donate will be welcome, such as kites, plastic toys stuffed animals, baby shampoo, sporting goods such as footballs or basketballs, or sidewalk chalk.

“Every year we put out posts on Facebook to let people know that we would appreciate financial donations or purchases of items off of our Amazon wishlist. You can go there and buy something for us. Or you can do a basket for us and drop it off,” McAlpine said.

In addition to donating baskets, volunteers assemble baskets from the random items that are donated, preparing them for collection by host families. Pickups are by appointment only. Donations are welcome until March 27 and 28, McAlpine said, allowing time for volunteers to develop baskets.

“There are families who prepare baskets for us and drop them off, which they have filled. And I asked people to go to Meijer and get a few bags of sweets because they wanted to help us. It’s at all levels. We’ll take anything and put it to use and build amazing baskets for foster kids,” McAlpine said.

Information for buyers and donors can be found via links at macombfostercloset.org. The website also gives details of the Easter basket program, including how to order from an Easter wishlist and have items shipped directly to Macomb Foster Closet. The website also details how to register for an appointment to donate and drop off Easer items on March 27 and 28, as well as how to build a shopping cart. Anyone in need of age ranges or gift ideas can also find information on the website, which lists ideas for kids 2 and under through 11 and up. Host families can also make an appointment to collect the baskets via the website.

“At this point, over 200 children have already signed up for the Easter baskets, and we want to make sure that we are able to fill the baskets not only with sweets, but also with activities, toys and treats for spring,” McAlpine said March 11.

Macomb Foster Closet can be contacted for further information at [email protected]